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We have one runner today at Salisbury

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills."

Chinese Proverb.

The horses warming up before cantering

It’s a bright morning with very little wind and no rain in sight. We have been very busy from early on, with today’s runner leaving in plenty of time and everybody else getting on with the everyday jobs. After yesterday’s galloping morning we have been keeping close to home with a good healthy exercise on Hamilton Hill. All has gone well. I had a long discussion with Becky our farrier early on today about what I want to do with certain horse’s feet, which she already knew and was ahead of me in her planning. It is great when you have such good people to work with. The old adage, no foot, no horse is one of the truest sayings in our game.

Bracken Brae

Lost The Moon

We have one runner today in the last at Salisbury, the 5 o’clock. Astrosecret runs in the one mile six furlong handicap. I was pleased with her run last time at Kempton where she ran a nice race to finish fourth. I think this ground and the step up in trip will suit and I hope she won’t be too far away today. All the family like soft ground and stay well. 

Velvet Voice

We have always been campaigning for the ambulance service in Newmarket to be faster than it has been in the past when accidents occur and if you have over 2,500 horses in one place, there are always going to be some. The Newmarket Trainers Federation has always pressed the Jockey Club to encourage the ambulance service to be quicker with their call outs, but this couldn’t be guaranteed and at one time we thought about having our own ambulance, but expense was very prohibitive. We have now, therefore, trained two of the heath employees to be heath medics and they will be on call either side of the heath. They will not be able to do too much until the actual ambulance arrives, but will be much higher trained and will be able to quickly access the situation and advice the arriving experts. I think this is a very good addition to the facilities we have and I am sure it will work well.